How to Make a Homemade Rod Holder for a Tenkara Fly Rod.

If you are an average fly fisherman, you know how expensive fly fishing supplies, including protective rod holders, can be. Here's a very affordable option that is also very easy to build.

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How to Make a Homemade Rod Holder for a Tenkara Fly Rod.
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My son recently purchased a new Tenkara style fly rod for me. I want to keep and transport it in an affordable protective case. So instead of paying $30 (or more), I built one for $7.20.

My son recently purchased a new Tenkara style fly rod for me. I want to keep and transport it in an affordable protective case. So instead of paying $30 (or more), I built one for $7.20.

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My new Tenkara Fly Rod measures 20" in length, so I had a 21" piece of 1 1/2" thin wall PVC cut for me at the local hardware store.

My new Tenkara Fly Rod measures 20" in length, so I had a 21" piece of 1 1/2" thin wall PVC cut for me at the local hardware store.

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An extra picture to show my Tenkara Fly Rod in its cloth case next to the PVC pipe.

An extra picture to show my Tenkara Fly Rod in its cloth case next to the PVC pipe.

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Unthreaded PVC cap to fit over one end of the 1 1/2" PVC pipe.

Unthreaded PVC cap to fit over one end of the 1 1/2" PVC pipe.

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Threaded PVC end to fit over the other end of the 1 1/2" PVC pipe.

Threaded PVC end to fit over the other end of the 1 1/2" PVC pipe.

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Threaded PVC cap to screw on to the threaded end.

Threaded PVC cap to screw on to the threaded end.

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To permanently attach the PVC cap and the PVC threaded end to both ends of the 1 1/2" PVC pipe, you can use PVC glue, (best choice), or as I did, use some clear 5 minute epoxy glue I had on hand.

To permanently attach the PVC cap and the PVC threaded end to both ends of the 1 1/2" PVC pipe, you can use PVC glue, (best choice), or as I did, use some clear 5 minute epoxy glue I had on hand.

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I mixed together a very modest amount of the two-part 5 minute epoxy glue.

I mixed together a very modest amount of the two-part 5 minute epoxy glue.

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Using the end of a popsicle sized stick, evenly spread a modest amount of glue on one end of the PVC pipe.

Using the end of a popsicle sized stick, evenly spread a modest amount of glue on one end of the PVC pipe.

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While the glue is still wet, twist the unthreaded cap on to the glued end as far as it will go, and allow to cure about 5 minutes.

While the glue is still wet, twist the unthreaded cap on to the glued end as far as it will go, and allow to cure about 5 minutes.

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Next, if using epoxy, mix another very modest amount of epoxy glue.

Next, if using epoxy, mix another very modest amount of epoxy glue.

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Apply the glue evenly on the other end of your 1 1/2" PVC pipe.

Apply the glue evenly on the other end of your 1 1/2" PVC pipe.

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Twist the threaded end on to the other pipe end while the glue is still wet. Make sure you twist it on as far as it will go. Allow to cure for 5 minutes.

Twist the threaded end on to the other pipe end while the glue is still wet. Make sure you twist it on as far as it will go. Allow to cure for 5 minutes.

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Insert your new Tenkara Fly Rod into your newly constructed rod holder. (Though not pictured, I cut a piece of foam rubber to fit inside the bottom end to prevent my rod from 'banging around' inside.)

Insert your new Tenkara Fly Rod into your newly constructed rod holder. (Though not pictured, I cut a piece of foam rubber to fit inside the bottom end to prevent my rod from 'banging around' inside.)

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Screw on the threaded cap, and you're done.

Screw on the threaded cap, and you're done.

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A picture of the finished Tenkara Fly Rod holder.

A picture of the finished Tenkara Fly Rod holder.

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The next step is to place the rod and holder in your pickup, and go catch some Montana Rainbow Trout! 😉

The next step is to place the rod and holder in your pickup, and go catch some Montana Rainbow Trout! 😉

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